Best Film-Noir Movies

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil
IMDb: 8.0
95 min

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When…

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success
IMDb: 8.0
96 min

New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can’t control is his younger sister, Susan, who…

Bob The Gambler

Bob The Gambler

Bob The Gambler
IMDb: 7.7
103

In Paris, Bob Montagne is practically synonymous with gambling — and winning. He is kind, classy and well-liked by virtually everyone in town, including police inspector Ledru. However, when Bob’s…

The Killing

The Killing

The Killing
IMDb: 8.0
85 min

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and…

Rififi

Rififi

Rififi
IMDb: 8.1
118 min

Out of prison after a five-year stretch, jewel thief Tony turns down a quick job his friend Jo offers him, until he discovers that his old girlfriend Mado has become…

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The Night Of The Hunter

The Night Of The Hunter

The Night Of The Hunter
IMDb: 8.0
93 min

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly
IMDb: 7.6
106

One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay them and force his…

The Big Heat

The Big Heat

The Big Heat
IMDb: 8.0
89 min

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague’s suicide and…

Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street
IMDb: 7.7
80 min

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

The Narrow Margin

The Narrow Margin

The Narrow Margin
IMDb: 7.7
71

A tough cop meets his match when he has to guard a gangster’s widow on a tense train ride.

Detective Story

Detective Story

Detective Story
IMDb: 7.6
103 min

Tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod (Douglas), leads a precinct of…

Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole
IMDb: 8.1
111 min

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to revitalize his career, but the situation quickly…

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train
IMDb: 7.9
101 min

A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard
IMDb: 8.4
110 min

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends
IMDb: 7.6
95 min

A police detective’s violent nature keeps him from being a good cop.

In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place
IMDb: 8.0
94

An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.

The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle
IMDb: 7.9
112 min

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar ”Doc” Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big…

Night and the City

Night and the City

Night and the City
IMDb: 7.9
101 min

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

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Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy
IMDb: 7.6
86 min

Bart Tare is an ex-Army man who has a lifelong fixation with guns, he meets a kindred spirit in sharpshooter Annie Starr and goes to work at a carnival. After…

White Heat

White Heat

White Heat
IMDb: 8.1
114 min

A psychopathic criminal (Cagney) with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and then leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. After the heist, events…

The Third Man

The Third Man

The Third Man
IMDb: 8.1
105 min

Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, ”The Third Man” stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry…

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Thieves’ Highway

Thieves’ Highway

Thieves’ Highway
IMDb: 7.6
94

Nick Garcos comes back from his tour of duty in World War II planning to settle down with his girlfriend, Polly Faber. He learns, however, that his father was recently…

The Set-Up

The Set-Up

The Set-Up
IMDb: 7.9
73

Stoker Thompson is a 35-year-old has-been boxer. His once-promising fighting career has come crashing to the end. Tiny, Stoker’s manager, is sure he will continue to lose fights, so he…

Key Largo

Key Largo

Key Largo
IMDb: 7.8
100 min

A hurricane swells outside, but it’s nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up – and holds at gunpoint hotel…

The Big Clock

The Big Clock

The Big Clock
IMDb: 7.7
95 min

Stroud, a crime magazine’s crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth…

The Naked City

The Naked City

The Naked City
IMDb: 7.6
96 min

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with…

The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai
IMDb: 7.6
87 min

A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.

Out Of The Past

Out Of The Past

Out Of The Past
IMDb: 8.0
97 min

Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a…

Body and Soul

Body and Soul

Body and Soul
IMDb: 7.6
104

Charley Davis, against the wishes of his mother, becomes a boxer. As he becomes more successful the fighter becomes surrounded by shady characters, including an unethical promoter named Roberts, who…

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley
IMDb: 7.8
110 min

The movie follows the rise and fall of a con man — a story that begins and ends at a seedy travelling carnival. Stanton Carlisle (Tyrone Power) joins the carnival,…

Brute Force

Brute Force

Brute Force
IMDb: 7.6
98

Timeworn Joe Collins and his fellow inmates live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins’ dreams of escape keep him going, but how can…

The Killers

The Killers

The Killers
IMDb: 7.8
105 min

Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called ”the Swede”. When the killers find the Swede, he’s expecting them and doesn’t put up a fight. Since…